I've been posting mostly on my private journal.
I visit Mom at least once every week. This week I have had a spike in my allergies. I was feeling sick all this past weekend - even had to track down my rescue inhaler for asthma. So, I missed my visit this week.
A week from today I am leaving for Japan! I had planned on getting all organized over the weekend but allergies prevented that. Of course, I am well enough today to go to work. I was going to stay home if I still felt bad today.
I hate calling in sick. Usually, I can ignore my personal problems at work. It makes me angry, though, that I've been losing days of personal time-off every year. I only noticed it this year because there was a change in time keeping that coincided with October 1, my 8th year anniversary of working at Rice.
When I started the new program I was able to see that my personal time was readjusted on October 1 so that I only carried over 1 year of personal time. Guess I should have reviewed Rice policies earlier. Oh well. It's too bad I couldn't haven't carried some over for my 2 week trip to Japan.
Even so, Rice is the best place I've ever worked. I love being in the midst of the beautiful campus and intelligent people. I like having contact with the students. Mostly I just deal with graduate students but they still seem like kids to me, even though some are in their 30's. They have so much energy and enthusiasm.